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Earth Team prayers.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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Prayers compiled by the Earth Team of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (see http://www.victas.uca.org.au/outreach-justice/justice-and-international-mission/about-jim/cath-james for contact details). Prayers include: Earth Day Prayer, Earth Rap, Food Prayer, Gardening God’s Way, What’s Nature, Mum?, Fern Tree Gully National Park, Let Us Be as Children, The Place of Vision, Under Our Feet, Psalm 23 - Antithesis, and Vic/Tas SYNOD 2001 – You are What you Eat – Closing Prayer.


Water_Worship.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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A worship resource on the theme of "Water". Prepared by the Earth Team of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (see http://www.victas.uca.org.au/outreach-justice/justice-and-international-mission/about-jim/cath-james for contact details).


Ashburton_order_of_serv_final.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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A full liturgy and order of service on the theme "Food". Prepared by the Earth Team of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (see http://www.victas.uca.org.au/outreach-justice/justice-and-international-mission/about-jim/cath-james for contact details). Service held at Ashburton on 20 October 2002, using the lectionary readings Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:15-22. Includes a sermon.


Retreat_2002_liturgy.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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A liturgy for a retreat in the highlands in July 2002. Based on the reading Romans 8:18-25. Compiled by the Earth Team of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (see http://www.victas.uca.org.au/outreach-justice/justice-and-international-mission/about-jim/cath-james for contact details).


Earth Team Worship Spring 2003.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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A service of worship for Earth Team volunteers. With aims: (1) worship to strengthen our connection with God and God’s earth, (2) community building, (3) spiritual support and nourishment for Earth Team volunteers. Prepared by the Earth Team of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (see http://www.victas.uca.org.au/outreach-justice/justice-and-international-mission/about-jim/cath-james for contact details).


GreenPower Questionnaire Results.pdf   ( Buildings-Property )
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Results of a questionnaire about churches' uptake of GreenPower in the Sydney Presbytery. Completed in April 2008 by Miriam Pepper, Project Green Church coordinator.


Re-imagining God.pdf   ( )
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Leaflet for "Re-imagining God, Ourselves, and Our Relationship with the Earth", an event at South Sydney Uniting Church on Sunday 31st May.


Ecology 2009.pdf   ( )
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A poster for the "Faith, Ecology & Transformational Practice" course being held by the Catholic Institute of Sydney, on 13-15 July 2009 (Monday to Wednesday) and 29-30 Aug 2009 (Saturday and Sunday). This course explores: - ecological awareness as a context for faith development - church resources for ecological conversion - critical thinking on sustainability and environmental values - skills to engage with action net-works & to create communities of change. With lecturers Charles Rue and Sandra Menteith.


WinterSchoolFaithEcology.pdf   ( )
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A brochure for the "Faith, Ecology & Transformational Practice" course being held by the Catholic Institute of Sydney, on 13-15 July 2009 (Monday to Wednesday) and 29-30 Aug 2009 (Saturday and Sunday). This course explores: - ecological awareness as a context for faith development - church resources for ecological conversion - critical thinking on sustainability and environmental values - skills to engage with action net-works & to create communities of change. With lecturers Charles Rue and Sandra Menteith.


Environment Sunday Children.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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A resource for children about caring for creation, can be used in worship services or in SRE lessons. With thanks to Steve Howes from the Anglican Church in Bathurst for providing this resource.


Flyer for Canberra Workshop (2).pdf   ( )
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A flyer for the Five Leaf Eco Award information and equipping workshop to be held on 20th June at O'Connor Uniting Church, ACT.


God, Me and the Environment.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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A series of six lessons for primary school age children, which encourages children to regard different facets of the environment as parts of God’s creation to be respected and cherished as a divine gift. The lessons have a practical, as well as a theological emphasis. They are designed to be used in situations ranging from the schoolroom and Scripture classes to smaller groups. This resource was an ecumenical effort from Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches.


Caring for the Creation Bible Studies.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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A series of three Bible studies written by Nola Stewart, member of Castlecrag Uniting Church and St Thomas’ Anglican Church North Sydney. In Study 1 we remember that 'The Earth is the Lord's' and look at ways to practise giving God the glory for the whole of His Creation. In Study 2 we affirm our need to become more closely acquainted with Jesus, in order to renew our attitudes towards God's good Creation. It is He who brings about repentance. In Study 3 we learn dependence on God's Holy Spirit to enable us who are part of Christ's Church to set right any wrongs done in the past to God's amazing world.


World Fisheries Day 2009 Resource for Churches.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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The 21st of November is World Fisheries Day. This Day helps in highlighting the critical importance of and threats to the world's fisheries and fish populations. More than two-thirds of the world's fisheries have been overfished or are fully harvested and more than one third are in a state of decline because of factors such as the loss of essential fish habitats, pollution, and global warming. This resource, prepared by Kippax Uniting Church member Jessica Morthorpe, gives a suggested prayer for Sunday 22nd November, and action ideas.


Your_faith_is_like_a_Seed_of_wheat.pdf   ( Rural-Matters )
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The first in a series of devotional studies, discussions, and sermon background materials that brings a 21st century rural perspective to Jesus’ parables. The first in this series is related to Jesus’ teaching about cropping, and features 14 short story explanations. Written by Ross Neville, Uniting Church Consultant for Rural Mission and Evangelism in NSW.


Each_tree_is_recognised_by_its_own_fruit.pdf   ( Rural-Matters )
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The second in a series of devotional studies, discussions, and sermon background material that brings a 21st century rural perspective Jesus’ parables. This resource has eight short story explanations under the heading "garden parables", where Jesus likens us to trees, vines, fruit producing trees and fig trees. Written by Ross Neville, Uniting Church Consultant for Rural Mission and Evangelism in NSW.


2009 Christmas Greening Resources.pdf   ( Ecological-Congregation )
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Ths 2009 Christmas Greening Resource includes prayers and "Christmas challenges" for your family - including decorations, presents and food. Thanks to Jessica Morthorpe for providing this resource.


no new coal petition.pdf   ( )
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weeds_and_harvest.pdf   ( Rural-Matters )
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The third in a series of devotional studies, discussions, and sermon background materials that brings a 21st century rural perspective to Jesus’ parables. This third resource is entitled "Weeds and Harvest". Written by Ross Neville, Uniting Church Consultant for Rural Mission and Evangelism in NSW.


caring for the creation JUNE 2010.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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Edition 2 of a series of three Bible studies written by Nola Stewart, member of Castlecrag Uniting Church and St Thomas’ Anglican Church North Sydney. In Study 1 we remember that 'The Earth is the Lord's' and look at ways to practise giving God the glory for the whole of His Creation. In Study 2 we affirm our need to become more closely acquainted with Jesus, in order to renew our attitudes towards God's good Creation. It is He who brings about repentance. In Study 3 we learn dependence on God's Holy Spirit to enable us who are part of Christ's Church to set right any wrongs done in the past to God's amazing world.


SolarisingLeaflet.pdf   ( Buildings-Property )
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An introductory leaflet for churches in NSW interested in generating their own solar electricity.


SolarisingChurches.pdf   ( Buildings-Property )
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A guide to help churches to investigate going solar. Includes information about solar photovoltaic systems, planning considerations, solar system finances (including information on incentives and indicative costs), guidance for choosing an installer, information about solar hot water heaters and heat pumps, information relevant to households as well as to churches.


Abundance in the Bush brochure.pdf   ( Rural-Matters )
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"Abundance in the Bush" is a collection of 31 devotions based on life in the Australian bush which will stir, encourage and refresh anyone who is ‘country at heart’. Written by Linda Watt, of Mary Valley Uniting Church.


CCforum.pdf   ( )
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Flyer for a forum on "Climate Change - Making Informed Choices" on Saturday 4th September hosted by Canberra City Uniting Church. Speakers include Dr John Williams, and Bishop George Browning on the ethical/theological issues surrounding the challenge of climate change. There will be a live performance from „The Gifts of the Furies‟, and an open Panel discussion exploring an ethical Christian response to climate change.


OConnor.pdf   ( )
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Join O’Connor Uniting Church on Saturday 25 September from 9.30am to 2pm as they celebrate their recently re-fitted hall, and the church’s new solar panels are commissioned by Simon Corbell at 11.00am. Includes music, fresh food, activities for children, and tours of the organic garden.


Seasons_of_Creation_-_Fauna_Study Final.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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Bible studies for Season of Creation 2010 week 2, on the theme "fauna", prepared by Jessica Morthorpe and Steve Coster for Kippax Uniting Church.


Kippax Bible Study Ocean Sunday.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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Bible study resource, adapted from the Season of Creation 2010 Ocean Sunday study by Norman Habel by Jessica Morthorpe and Steve Coster for Kippax Uniting Church.


Seasons of Creation - Storm Sunday.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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Bible studies for Season of Creation 2010 week 3, on the theme "storm", prepared by Jessica Morthorpe and Steve Coster for Kippax Uniting Church.


Seasons of Creation - Cosmos Study.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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Bible studies for Season of Creation 2010 week 4, on the theme "cosmos", prepared by Jessica Morthorpe and Steve Coster for Kippax Uniting Church.


SampleHelpfulHints.pdf   ( Community-Food )
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These sample helpful hints for food buying groups/cooperatives give guidelines for how to buy produce in bulk from a fruit barn or market .


SampleRoster.pdf   ( Community-Food )
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A sample shopping roster for food buying groups/cooperatives.


FoodLeaflet.pdf   ( Community-Food )
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An introductory leaflet for churches interested in community food initiatives, e.g. community gardens, food buying groups/cooperatives, community supported agriculture. (Double sided A5 leaflet, two to an A4 page.)


CommunityFood.pdf   ( Community-Food )
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A resource for churches interested in community food intiaitives (e.g. community gardens, food buying groups). Includes information about community food initiatives; guidelines to help churches get involved in community gardens, community supported agriculture and food buying groups; and suggestions for other initiatives such as garden share, food swaps and grow zones.


Sample_Gardeners_Agreement.pdf   ( Community-Food )
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A sample gardeners agreement, courtesy of Miranda Community Garden, www.gm-uniting.org.au/garden.htm.


CD Fact Sheet Nov 2010 final-2.pdf   ( Campaigns )
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Background fact sheet about the Total Environment Centre's national Cash for Containers campaign. In Australia currently we send 6 billion beverage containers to landfill every year. Sending these items to landfill just doesn’t make sense! The most effective way we know of to recover these containers is to have a 10 cent deposit which is refunded when it is returned for recycling.


MDBP_discussion_churches.pdf   ( Rural-Matters )
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Would people from your church or faith community like to comment or study some of the issues about the future use of water in Australia? Material for information and discussion about the Murray Darling Basin Plan has been prepared by Ross Neville, Julie Greig and Kel Hodge from the Board of Mission. The purpose of the material is to: · Inform people about what has happened. · Invite more people within the Uniting Church to comment about the issues. Ross, Julie and Kel would like to hear the opinions of your group so that they can prepare a comprehensive follow up response to the government enquiry into the Murray Darling Basin plan.


MOU_churchland_externalgardengroup.pdf   ( Community-Food )
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Churches that offer their land for the use of external community garden groups are required by the Uniting Church Synod to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the external group, setting out the terms of the agreement between the two parties. This document provides basic guidelines for MOUs.


Gardens_Visits_Southwest_12March.pdf   ( Community-Food )
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Event leaflet for a tour on Saturday 12th March of four community gardens initiated by Christians and churches in south west Sydney.


Gardens_Visits_Canberra_2&3April.pdf   ( Community-Food )
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Event leaflet for a tour on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April of six community gardens at churches in Canberra, the Monaro and the South Coast.


Gardens_Visits_InnerSydney_28May.pdf   ( Community-Food )
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Event leaflet for a tour on Saturday 28th May of four community gardens at churches in inner Sydney.


Speech for Springwood UC.doc   ( Articles-Essays )
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In this sermon, Jessica Morthorpe of Kippax Uniting Church and the Five Leaf Eco Awards, talks about creation and praise - about how all creatures join in a litany of praise of God, and the imperative I think it gives to care for creation and for our endangered species. It was delivered at Springwood Uniting Church in the Blue Mountains on Palm Sunday 2011, on the occasion of the presentation of their Five Leaf Eco-Awards Basic Certificate.


Speech for St Georges UC Eden UEW version.doc   ( Articles-Essays )
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Jessica Morthorpe of Kippax Uniting Church and the Five Leaf Eco Awards reflects on 1 Samuel 16:1-13, and talks about "what can one person do?" in the face of ecological crisis. The talk was first given at George’s Uniting Church in Eden on the 3rd of April 2011. St George's holds the most Five Leaf Eco Awards of any church in Australia - and so the main aim of the talk was not to inform or persuade, but to encourage. Jessica now shares this talk in the hope that it might be an encouragement to other churches and Christians caring for God's creation. You are all heroes!


MDBP_followup_submission.pdf   ( Rural-Matters )
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Board of Mission staff Ross Neville (Rural Evangelism and Mission Consultant), Kel Hodge (Rural Chaplain) and Julie Greig (Rural Chaplain) appeared before the Windsor Inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Plan in March. Ross, Kel and Julie have now made a follow-up submission, drawing upon discussions held at more than a dozen locations across the Synod. Their submission makes the following recommendations for the Murray Darling Basin Plan process: - Change needs to be with real consultation and include local wisdom - There needs to be a consensual process to help communities find new ways of being - There has to be long term certainty for those using the water including irrigators and communities - The whole Australian community, and not just those living in the basin area, needs to share “the pain” of fixing the problem - Australia needs a long term food policy


CCG_speech_HMM.pdf   ( Community-Food )
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A speech given by Hazel McKenzie-Kay, Cooma Community Garden member and parishioner at Cooma Uniting Church, to a group of visitors to the garden on 2 April 2011.


Water faith on earth 230911.pdf   ( Articles-Essays )
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Small group discussion about public policy issues concerning water, held at the "faith. on earth" event at the Hunter Wetlands Centre on 23/9/11.


Food Security faith on earth 230911.pdf   ( Articles-Essays )
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Small group discussion about public policy issues concerning food security, held at the "faith. on earth" event at the Hunter Wetlands Centre on 23/9/11.


Coal Seam Gas faith on earth 230911.pdf   ( Articles-Essays )
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Small group discussion about public policy issues concerning coal seam gas, held at the "faith. on earth" event at the Hunter Wetlands Centre on 23/9/11.


ClimateChange_crisis_Conradie.pdf   ( Articles-Essays )
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Paper by South African ecotheologian Professor Ernst Conradie, delivered at "The Climate Crisis as the Crisis of Humanity" symposium held at the United Theological College, Sydney, in September 2011.


Caring for Creation Bible Studies presentation.pptx   ( Worship-Teaching )
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This powerpoint presentation introduces the "Caring for Creation Bible Studies", written by Nola Stewart, member of Castlecrag Uniting Church and St Thomas’ Anglican Church North Sydney. The presentation explores humanity's call to care for God's creation, the intrinsic worth of all species, and the need to help make space for all of God's creatures by encouraging smaller family sizes.


ACC CCWG Prayer Final Version 7Jan2012 Colour.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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Provides suggestions which can be combined to make creation affirming prayers thorughout worship.


MDB synod paper laid out.pdf   ( Rural-Matters )
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A report by the Moderator's Murray-Darling Basin Commission to the Synod in April 2013. The report arose out of a consultation with a diversity of people from across the Uniting Church in NSW/ACT about pastoral and prophetic matters relating to the Murray-Darling Basin.


WED 2013 resources.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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The theme for UN World Environment Day 2013 (5th June) is "Think.Eat.Save", focusing on sustainable food production and consumption. These worship resources have been prepared by the Uniting Church, and include biblical and theological reflections, worship resources, all age resources, and action ideas. This year, World Environment Day falls on a Wednesday, but these worship resources can be used at any time.


Divestment FAQs.pdf   ( Campaigns )
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Frequently asked questions about fossil fuels divestment. Useful for people from all organisations, but especially religious organisations.


fossil_fuel_companies.pdf   ( Campaigns )
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This document outlines: 1) Some of the strategies used by fossil fuel companies in Australia to undermine climate change science and thwart government action to tackle climate change 2) Ideological factors which contribute to the often favourable reception which the coal mining industry receives in Australia when it does so


Biblical_basis_caring_Creation.pptx   ( Worship-Teaching )
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The Biblical Basis of Creation Care. A presentation by Nola Stewart at the Caring for the Creation" worship service and seminar, which was held at Camperdown Stanmore Community Church on 7 July 2013. The day was organised by the Caring for the Creation Working Group of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations. The presentation includes notes accompanying the slides, extensive referencing of biblical passages, and beautiful pictures.


Liturgy in the Forest 2002.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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A liturgy in the Forest, a gathering of the people in creation 2002. Prepared and copyright Garry Deverell. Uses a reading from the Book of Wisdom:7.25 – 8.1. Liturgy provided by the Earth Team of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (see http://www.victas.uca.org.au/outreach-justice/justice-and-international-mission/about-jim/cath-james for contact details).


Sacred_Ground_worship_plan.pdf   ( Worship-Teaching )
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It’s all Sacred Ground (on God’s Earth). A full liturgy for a service of worship held at St David's Uniting Church Abbotsford on 5th Feburary 1999. Uses readings 1 Samuel 3:2-10, and Matthew 8:23-27. Prepared by the Earth Team of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (see http://www.victas.uca.org.au/outreach-justice/justice-and-international-mission/about-jim/cath-james for contact details).


Uturn ecomission ideas.pdf   ( Mission-Outreach )
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U-turn groups are small groups that help churches to build relationships in our communities and help people find hope, fulfillment and a more meaningful life. This six-page resource gives suggestions for U-turn groups involving activities to do with ecology and the environment - including discussion groups, outdoor activities, and food, skills and possessions sharing.

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